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Get rid of Silverlight and Java

Created: 26 Feb 2013 | 3 comments
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Silverlight is no longer supported by Microsoft.  Java, as an upload tool, is horrible and notorious for being slow.  HTML 5 has been out for some time... why not move to it?

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Nicolas Horchower's picture

Current console is too big :

-silverlight
-java
-html
-activeX

Saddly they removed flash to complete the bundle ;)

Best would be to have one or two mono technology console :

-web browser : HTML5 only

and maybe :

-one standalone application (Java : multi platform) : offline features, boost uploading (resuming/offline),...

But this last one is less and less usefull as HTML5 is supposed to do this too now.

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jpellet2's picture

Silverlight HAS to go...It causes more trouble than what its really worth. I'd be OK leaving Java if we could get rid of Silverlight. Half the time I can't get pages to even render right, specifically on the Jobs/Tasks page. I can only render what my mouse hovers over. Once I remove Silverlight and re-install it it works for about a week and then goes back downhill again.

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Justin Dybedahl's picture

I understand Symantec has commited to Silverlight for the ITMS console and I get that Internet Explorer is the only officially supported browser in regards to console use.  Most administrators, including myself prefer to use something other than Internet Explorer.  Even Microsoft is going away from Internet Explorer with Windows 10.  This also does not help those who use the console on another OS.  Symantec started touting increased MacOS support in 7.5, but it doesn't help that the console isn't officially supported on anything other than Internet Explorer.

As of ITMS 7.6, the console (for the most part) works under Firefox and Chrome.  With Chrome, for the time being, you can reenable NPAPI plug-ins to enable Silverlight support but this will only work until v45 is released since Silverlight is an NPAPI extension.  It has been rumored that this will also happen with Firefox.

In my opinion, I should be able to use the console without having to load a bunch of plug-ins in whatever browser I choose.  Please consider switching to something other than Silverlight.

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